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Sound Recordings in the National Archives


4. Biography and Personal Papers

The National Archives of Australia operates a personal records service to preserve the records of Governors-General, Prime Ministers, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, the Opposition front bench, judges of Federal courts and senior persons associated with the Commonwealth Government. These records include material directly related to their official roles.

Access to these records is authorised by an ‘Instrument of Deposit’, an official document giving the National Archives the authority to administer, store and preserve records, to publish information about the records in the Archives’ finding aids and to make records available to the public. The National Archives encourages depositors to allow access to non-Commonwealth records 30 years after the date of the records’ creation to bring them under the same conditions as Commonwealth records, although depositors may authorise access to individual researchers before this date. Records already in the public domain, such as broadcast speeches or interviews, are available for access.

In this section of the guide the series are listed in alphabetical order of the record creators. Biographical records are also included in series created by the Film Division (later Film Australia) and the Australian Broadcasting Commission (later Corporation). These are listed at the end of this section.

Alan Anderson, 1914–84

Alan Anderson was born in Cairns, North Queensland. In 1940 he commenced work with the Cinema Branch of the wartime Department of Information and left Australia to become an official Australian War Photographer. After the war, Anderson worked for the Commonwealth Film Unit. By 1963 he was directing films and had begun to produce foreign language versions of the Film Unit’s productions. He retired from Film Australia in 1979 after more than 30 years in the film industry.

ORAL HISTORY TAPES OF INTERVIEWS WITH ALAN ANDERSON, 1979–
Sydney
This series consists of tapes of interviews with Alan Anderson. The interviews were conducted by the ABC's Radio Archives section as part of an oral history program. The tapes contain reminiscences of the war period and brief information about the period between the end of the war and Mr Anderson's retirement. The tapes in this series are copies of the originals, and were given to the National Archives by the ABC.
Series: M895
Quantity: 0.45 metres
Recorded by: 1979– Alan Anderson (CP 354)

Sir Garfield Edward John Barwick, AK, GCMG, 1903–97

Garfield Edward John Barwick was born in 1903. He was elected to the House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Parramatta at a by-election on 8 March 1958 and re-elected in the general elections of 1958, 1961 and 1963. Sir Garfield’s ministerial appointments included Attorney-General and Minister for External Affairs. He was Leader of the Australian Delegation to the fifteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

In 1964 Sir Garfield resigned from Parliament to take up an appointment as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1964 and retired from his position as Chief Justice in February 1981. He died in 1997.

VIDEOTAPES, CASSETTE TAPES AND COMPUTER DISKS, 1990–97
Sydney
The series consists of an ABC video A Life – Sir Garfield Barwick, two cassette tapes about Sir Garfield, a number of computer disks about his memoirs and drafts of his book A Radical Tory.
Series: M4092
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1990–97 Sir Garfield Edward John Barwick, AK, GCMG (CP 651)

Sir Oliver Howard Beale, KBE, QC, 1898–1983

Oliver Howard Beale was known as Howard (later Sir Howard) Beale. He was elected to the House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Parramatta in the 1946 election. From 1958 to 1964 he was Australian Ambassador to the United States of America (Washington).

TAPE RECORDING OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST C130 HERCULES AIRCRAFT TO HOWARD BEALE, AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1964
Sydney
This series consists of an audio tape recording of approximately 5 minutes' duration. The recording is of two speeches made at the official presentation to the Royal Australian Air Force of the first of twelve C130 Hercules aircraft manufactured by the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (USA). As Australian Ambassador to the United States, Sir Howard is introduced by an unidentified speaker and presented, in a symbolic gesture, with a model of a C130 Hercules aircraft with Australian markings. In his speech Sir Howard is heard to pay tribute to the manufacturers and to thank them on behalf of the Australian Government and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Series: M3408
Quantity: One item only
Recorded by: 1964 Sir Oliver Howard Beale, KBE, QC (CP 257)

The Rt Hon. Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce, PC, CH, MC, 1883–1967

Stanley Melbourne Bruce was born in April 1883. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar School and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University where he took a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Flinders and held that seat for the National Party from 1918 to 1929 and again from 1931 to 1933. In 1921 he was chosen as Australian Delegate to the League of Nations and he also became Treasurer in the Hughes Government. He was Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs from 1923 until 1929. During this period he also held the portfolios of Trade and Customs, and represented Australia at the Imperial Conferences of 1923 and 1926. The Australian Labor Party under James Scullin was in power from 1929 to 1932, when the United Australia Party again won office. Bruce held several ministerial positions in the new government. He represented Australia at the League of Nations from 1933 to 1938, and in 1936 was President of the Council of the League of Nations. From 1933 to 1945 he was High Commissioner for Australia in Great Britain, and during World War II he represented the Australian Government in the War Cabinet and the Pacific War Council. After the war he retired from official service, but from 1946 to 1951 was involved with the World Food Council of the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

DECORATIONS, INSIGNIA, PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER OBJECTS, 1919–57
Canberra
This series contains decorations, insignia and memorabilia donated by Lord Bruce to the National Archives.
Series: M4254
Quantity: 9.9 metres
Recorded by: 1919–57 The Rt Hon. Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce, PC, CH, MC (CP 23)
CP Lord Bruce Decorations and Insignia, 1919–57 This item is a miscellany of decorations, insignia and other material, including a Canterbury 'Freedom Casket', a framed portrait of a group from the 1923 Imperial Conference and gramophone records of speeches given at meetings of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (c1946–51). M4254, NN

The Rt Hon. Richard Gardiner Casey, Baron of Berwick, Victoria, PC, GCMG, CH, DSO, MC, 1890–1976

Richard Gardiner Casey was born in Brisbane on 29 August 1890. He was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Corio in December 1931. From 1933 to 1940 he held various ministerial portfolios and in January 1940 he was appointed first Australian Minister to the United States. From 1942 to 1943 he was Minister of State for the United Kingdom and member of the War Cabinet, and in January 1944 he became the Governor of Bengal, filling this post until January 1946. In 1949 he was elected to the House of Representatives as member for La Trobe, and again held several ministerial positions in the Liberal Government. In 1960 he was created Baron Casey of Berwick, Victoria and of the City of Westminster.

On 22 September 1965, Lord Casey was appointed Governor-General of Australia and served in this capacity until 1 April 1969. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1965. He died on 17 June 1976.

SOUND DISCS AND TAPE RECORDINGS, 1936–68
Melbourne
This series consists of a collection of tape recordings and record discs collected by Lord Casey over many years and held with his papers. The series covers a wide variety of subjects. Transcripts of several of Lord Casey's speeches are held in M1119.
Series: M1118
Quantity: 0.54 metres
Recorded by: 1936–68 The Rt Hon. Richard Gardiner Casey, Baron of Berwick, Victoria, PC, GCMG, CH, DSO, MC (CP 24)
Speech by Hon R G Casey – Commonwealth loan, 1937 M1118, 5
Broadcast by Mohammed Ali Jinnah (tape recording), 1948 M1118, 6
Hon. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's message for Australia (record disc), 1948 M1118, 7
Talk by Hon. R G Casey to Australian Delegation to United Nations General Assembly (2 record discs), 1952 M1118, 10

Senator Hedley Grant Pearson Chapman, 1949–

Hedley Grant Pearson Chapman (known as Grant Chapman) was born in North Adelaide on 27 April 1949. He was educated at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide and at the University of Adelaide, gaining a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Politics and History. Chapman was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Kingston in 1975. In the 1983 election he lost the seat of Kingston. He was elected to the Senate as a Senator for South Australia in the 1987 election.

CASSETTE RECORDINGS, 1975–82
Canberra
These cassette recordings were kept by Mr Chapman while he was the member for the Federal electorate of Kingston in South Australia.
Series: M1035
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1936–68 Senator Hedley Grant Pearson Chapman (CP 244)

Vice-Admiral Sir John Augustine Collins, KBE, CB, 1899–1989

John Augustine Collins attended the Royal Australian Naval College Geelong and the Royal Australian Naval College before being assigned to his first ship, HMS Canada. After numerous positions he was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral in 1950 and was knighted in 1951. He represented Australia and Britain in discussions to determine the boundaries of areas of maritime responsibilities which culminated in the Radford–Collins Agreement, signed in September 1951.

In 1956 Collins was appointed High Commissioner to New Zealand where he remained until his retirement in 1962. While in New Zealand, in 1957 he was appointed as one of the Australian Commissioners on the South Pacific Commission.

INTERVIEW WITH VICE-ADMIRAL SIR JOHN COLLINS, KBE, CB, FOR AUSTRALIAN ARCHIVES, 1976
Sydney
This interview was conducted at the home of Vice-Admiral Sir John Collins on 2 June 1976 by Peter MacGregor for the National Archives. During the interview Sir John discusses his early life in Tasmania and Victoria, his parentage and his career in the Royal Australian Navy from 1913 to 1955.
Series: M892
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1976 Vice-Admiral Sir John Augustine Collins, KBE, CB (CP 294)

The Rt Hon. John Joseph Ambrose Curtin, PC, 1885–1945

John Curtin was born at Creswick, Victoria on 8 January 1885. He entered the House of Representatives as the member for Fremantle at the general election of 1928 but lost his seat in the election of 1931. He was re-elected as the member for Fremantle in 1934 and became Leader of the Opposition in 1935. He became Prime Minister in 1941 after the collapse of the Fadden Government.

During the war Mr Curtin was Chairman of the Advisory War Council and a member of the War Cabinet, Minister for Defence Co-ordination, and Minister for Defence, holding this position until his death. He was also acting Minister for External Affairs during the absences overseas of the Rt Hon. H V Evatt. In 1944 he attended the Conference of Dominion Prime Ministers in London and visited Canada and the United States.

TAPE RECORDINGS OF WARTIME SPEECHES MADE BY JOHN CURTIN, 1939–44
Canberra
The series consists of sound recordings on magnetic tape recorded from sixteen 78 rpm gramophone discs, containing eight speeches by John Curtin during World War II. The original discs are in the possession of Curtin's daughter, Mrs E. McLeod, who lent them to the Archives in 1972 for copying. The Archives holds six tapes.
Series: M1219
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1939–44 The Rt Hon John Joseph Ambrose Curtin, PC (CP 258)
Austerity talk; talk on the death of PM Lyons, 7 April 1939; laying (the) foundation stone of (the) American Legation, Canberra, 4 July 1942, 1939–42 M1219, tape 1
Speech by John Curtin to America, 14 April 1942; speech by John Curtin – declaration of war on Japan, 1942 M1219, tape 2
Address by John Curtin of Australia speaking before the House of Commons, Ottawa, part 1, 1944 M1219, tape 3
Address by John Curtin of Australia speaking before the House of Commons, Ottawa, part 2, 1944 M1219, tape 4
Address by John Curtin of Australia speaking before the House of Commons, Ottawa, part 3, 1944 M1219, tape 5
John Curtin receiving the Freedom of the City of London, 1944 M1219, tape 6

The Rt Hon. Herbert Vere Evatt, PC, QC, 1894–1965

The Rt Hon. Herbert Vere Evatt was born on 30 April 1894 in East Maitland, New South Wales. He was educated at the Fort Street High School in Sydney and at the University of Sydney where he received a Bachelor of Arts with triple first class honours, a Master of Arts with first class honours in 1917, a Bachelor of Laws and the University Medal, and in 1924 a Doctorate of Law and the University Medal.

Dr Evatt was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly as the member for Balmain in 1925. In 1940 he was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Barton, representing that seat until 1958 when he was elected to the seat of Hunter. During his Federal parliamentary career he was Attorney-General and Minister for External Affairs from 1941 to 1949. He served on several parliamentary committees and represented Australia overseas on many occasions. He was elected President to the First Part of the Third Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. He died on 2 November 1965.

GRAMOPHONE RECORDINGS OF SPEECHES MADE BY DR H V EVATT AND MRS H V EVATT, C1950–55
Canberra
This series consists of nine gramophone records of speeches made by Dr Evatt and Mrs Evatt. The speeches are commercial advertising for the Australian Labor Party and were recorded in 2UE Sydney. The records are in matt paper covers and appear to be in poor condition.
Series: M1500
Quantity: 1.54 metres
Recorded by: 1950–55 The Rt Hon. Herbert Vere Evatt, PC, QC (CP 7)
Gramophone recording by Dr H V Evatt, c1950–55 M1500, 9

The Rt Hon. John Malcolm Fraser, PC, CH, AC, 1930–

John Malcolm Fraser was born in Melbourne on 21 May 1930. He won the Federal seat of Wannon for the Liberal Party in 1956 and in 1966 was appointed Minister for the Army. During the Gorton Ministry he held the portfolios of Education and Science (1968–69) and Defence (1969–71). He resigned these portfolios in 1971, but was reappointed to the Education and Science portfolio after John Gorton’s resignation from Parliament in August 1971.

Mr Fraser became Leader of the Federal Liberal Party on 21 March 1975 and was Leader of the Opposition until 11 November 1975 when the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, dismissed the Whitlam Government and appointed him as caretaker Prime Minister. He became Prime Minister at the elections held in December 1975. After the Australian Labor Party, led by R J Hawke, won office with a large majority in March 1983, Mr Fraser resigned as Leader of the Liberal Party and submitted his resignation from Parliament. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia on 13 June 1988.

AUDIO TAPE REELS AND CASSETTES, 1966–75
Canberra
This series is an unordered collection of audio tapes, some of which are labelled.
Series: M1339
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1966–75 The Rt Hon. John Malcolm Fraser, PC, CH, AC (CP 51)
AUDIO TAPE REELS AND CASSETTES, 1974–84
Canberra
This series contains 18 cassette audio tapes, both 60- and 90-minutes long, of Mr Fraser being interviewed by journalists such as Tony Hill (from CTC 7), Gordon Elliott (from Channel 10), Sam Lipski (from the Bulletin) and Paul Kelly (the Sydney Morning Herald). The series also includes seven reel tapes.
Series: M2185
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1974–84 The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser PC, CH, AC (CP 51)

The Hon. Sir Gordon Freeth, KBE, 1914–

Sir Gordon Freeth was born on 6 August 1914 at Angaston, South Australia. In 1949 he became the Liberal member for Forrest (Western Australia) in the House of Representatives. In 1958 he became Minister for the Interior and also Minister for Works, portfolios he held until 1963 when he became Minister for Shipping and Transport. In 1968 he became the Minister for Air and the Minister Assisting the Treasurer, and in 1969 he became the Minister for External Affairs.

PHOTOGRAPHS, AUDIO TAPES, GRAMOPHONE RECORDS MAINTAINED BY THE HON. GORDON FREETH, 1953–69
Canberra
This series includes two gramophone records of a political speech by Sir Gordon and one record, Song of Albany. The series also includes two tapes: one of an address to a foreign correspondents' association in Hong Kong, and the other, a speech to the America–Australia Association in New York.
Series: M3438
Quantity: 0.27 metres
Recorded by: 1953–69 The Hon. Sir Gordon Freeth, KBE (CP 45)

Stanley Gilbert Hawes, MBE, 1905–

Stanley Hawes was born in London and started work in 1922 as a committee clerk with the City of Birmingham Corporation. In 1946 he arrived in Australia to take up a position as producer with the Australian National Film Board. He was elected a member of the board in 1952 and became a member of the British Film Academy the following year. He joined UNESCO in 1958 and chaired the National Film Theatre of Australia between 1970 and 1974. In 1970 he was awarded an MBE and the Raymond Longford Award from the Film Institute, and in 1971 he was appointed to chair the Film Board of Review.

INTERVIEW WITH MR STANLEY HAWES MADE FOR THE AUSTRALIAN ARCHIVES, 1976
Sydney
This series is a recording of an interview held with Stanley Hawes in his Sydney home by Peter MacGregor on behalf of the Archives. Mr Hawes discusses his career in film-making and producing from its start in 1931, when he co-founded the Birmingham Film Society, to his activities after retirement as Producer-in-Chief of the Commonwealth Film Unit in 1970.
Series: M893
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1976 Stanley Gilbert Hawes, MBE (CP 250)

The Hon. Robert James Lee Hawke, AC, 1929–

Mr Hawke was born on 9 December 1929 in Bordertown, South Australia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and in 1953 was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship (WA) and received his Bachelor of Letters from Oxford University.

In 1980 Mr Hawke was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Wills, and was shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations from 1980 to 1983. In 1983 he was elected Leader of the Opposition and became Prime Minister after the Australian Labor Party won office in March that year. He lost his position as Prime Minister to Paul Keating after a leadership battle in 1991 and resigned from Parliament in February 1992.

AUDIO AND AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL RECORDED BY, OR SENT TO, THE PRIME MINISTER, 1983–91
Canberra
This series consists of tapes, compact discs and videotapes, either created by Mr Hawke or sent to him for comment or for his enjoyment. Most items in this series are small format tapes of interviews given by Mr Hawke and kept by his Press Office.
Series: M3658
Quantity: 3.06 metres
Recorded by: 1983–91 The Hon. Robert James Lee Hawke, AC (CP 390)

Thomas Philogonius Hoey, 1901–76

Thomas Philogonius Hoey was born in Melbourne in 1901. In 1942 he joined the Department of Information as a State Publicity Censor. At the end of World War II in 1945, he became the Director of Radio Australia, where he remained until 1950 when the functions of that agency were transferred to the Australian Broadcasting Commission. After 1950 he continued to work as a journalist, retiring in 1971.

AUDIO TAPES OF JOHN HILVERT'S INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS HOEY, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1976
Sydney
This interview was conducted by John Hilvert, a doctorate student researching for his book on censorship during World War II, The Blue Pencil Warriors. The interview concentrates on Mr Hoey's positions as deputy director and censor for the Department of Information as well as his time as director of Radio Australia. The interview was conducted at Mr Hoey's home in Hawthorn, Melbourne. The original cassettes were returned to the donor, and the National Archives holds master preservation and duplicating copies of the tapes.
Series: M3765
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1976 Thomas Philogonius Hoey (CP 625)

The Hon. Allan Clyde Holding, MP, 1931–

Allan Clyde Holding (preferred name Clyde Holding) was born in Melbourne on 27 April 1931. He was educated at Trinity Grammar School and Melbourne University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws. On 3 December 1977, Mr Holding was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Melbourne Ports. He was the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the first Hawke Ministry, and later served as Minister for Employment Services and Youth Affairs; Minister Assisting the Treasurer; Minister for Transport and Communications Support; Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs; Minister for the Arts and Territories; Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories; and Minister Assisting the Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs. He also served as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister.

AUDIO TAPES AND MICRO-CASSETTES, 1984–86
Canberra
This series consists of 18 normal-sized audio cassettes and 59 micro-cassettes maintained by Mr Holding. Most cassettes are labelled with their contents. They include radio interviews, press conferences, addresses to the National Press Club, opening speeches and news items of interest. Some cassettes contain recordings of other prominent persons (mostly politicians) on a range of subjects.
Series: M2172
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1984–86 The Hon. Allan Clyde Holding, MP (CP 434)

The Hon. Paul John Keating, 1944–

Paul John Keating was born in 1944. He joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) at the age of 15 and in 1966 became President of the New South Wales Youth Council, the forerunner to Young Labor. From 1979 to 1983 he was President of the New South Wales Branch of the ALP. In 1969 he was elected to the House of Representatives and became Minister for Northern Australia in the Whitlam Cabinet from October to November 1975. He served in the Opposition shadow ministry (1976–83), and was Labor spokesman on a number of economic matters, including agriculture, minerals and energy, and eventually became the shadow Treasurer. As a member of the Hawke Ministry, Mr Keating was Treasurer from 1983–91 and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in April 1990. Mr Keating was Leader of the ALP and Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996.

AUDIO AND VIDEOTAPES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1975–96
Sydney
This series consists of audio and videotapes maintained by the Hon. P J Keating in his position as Treasurer and Prime Minister. The tapes record radio and television interviews, press conferences, speeches and opening ceremonies in Australia and overseas.
Series: M3983
Quantity: 10.8 metres
Recorded by: 1975–96 The Hon. Paul John Keating (CP 665)

The Hon. Charles Robert Kelly, CMG, 1912–97

Robert Charles Kelly was born at Riverton, South Australia on 22 June 1912. A member of the Liberal Party, in 1958 he was elected to the seat of Wakefield in the House of Representatives. From August 1964 to February 1967 he was Deputy Government Whip in the House of Representatives, and he was Minister for Works from 1967 to 1968 when he became Minister for the Navy until 1969. From 15 November 1969 he was Chairman of the Joint Statutory Committee on Public Works.

Kelly lost his seat in the House of Representatives in the election of 1977. On 1 January 1980 he was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG). He died in Adelaide on 17 January 1997.

CASSETTE RECORDINGS OF ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR DIARIES OF AUSTRALIAN AND OVERSEAS TRIPS, 1979
Canberra
This series consists of two cassette recordings of additional notes and comments on Mr Kelly's daily diaries prepared by Mr Kelly in 1979 and transcribed by the Archives.
Series: M711
Quantity: 0.09 metres
Recorded by: 1979 The Hon. Charles Robert Kelly, CMG (CP 40)

The Hon. Andrew Sharp Peacock, 1939–

Andrew Peacock was born in Melbourne on 13 February 1939. He was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and the University of Melbourne where he took a Bachelor of Laws. In 1966 Mr Peacock was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Kooyong and served at various times as Minister for the Army, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister, Minister for External Territories, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Industry and Commerce. He was Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1983 to 1985 and again in 1989. Andrew Peacock resigned from Parliament in 1994.

PHOTOGRAPHS, NEGATIVES, SLIDES, FILMS AND TAPES, 1970–
Melbourne
As well as photographic material, this series contains several films, tape recordings and videotapes. These include a publicity film made of Mr Peacock's visit to South-East Asia when he was Minister for the Army. Another film, accompanied by a tape recording of a talk by Mr Peacock, was made in Papua New Guinea in 1972 when he was the Minister for External Territories. There are also taped recordings of statements made by Mr Peacock at the 33rd and 35th Sessions of the General Assembly at the United Nations in 1978 and 1980 respectively. Two videotapes in the series comprise an interview recorded on the 'Steve Raymond Show' in 1979, one is untitled, and the other is of John Pilger's report on Cambodia (Kampuchea), Cambodia – Year One.
Series: M2881
Quantity: 3.51 metres
Recorded by: 1970– The Hon. Andrew Sharp Peacock (CP 234)

George Henry Romans, 1881–1958

George Henry Romans was born in New Zealand in 1881. He became a reporter and joined the Morning Herald in Perth in 1902. In 1908 he joined the staff of the West Australian and was Acting Chief of Staff on that newspaper when he left to join the Western Australian Hansard Division as a parliamentary reporter. In 1911 he produced the Handbook of Western Australia which covered the history resources and capabilities of the State. In 1914 Romans joined Commonwealth Hansard and became Principal Parliamentary Reporter of that department in 1940.

'KNOW YOUR PARLIAMENT' (BOUND FOLDER CONTAINING SEVEN LONG-PLAYING GRAMOPHONE RECORDINGS OF A SERIES OF TALKS GIVEN BY GEORGE HENRY ROMANS), 1948
Canberra
This series consists of a bound folder containing seven long-playing gramophone recordings. The recordings consist of 13 short talks prepared and narrated by George Romans for the Macquarie Broadcasting Service. The series of talks was entitled 'Know Your Parliament', with each episode addressing an aspect of Parliament or government.
Series: M1590
Quantity: 0.54 metres
Recorded by: 1948 George Henry Romans (CP 199)

The Hon. Edward Gough Whitlam, 1916–

Edward Gough Whitlam, known as Gough Whitlam, was born in Kew, Victoria in 1916. His political career began in 1945 when he became the Australian Labor Party representative for the seat of Darlinghurst. As a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Whitlam held the positions of Deputy Leader of the Opposition (from March 1960 to February 1967); Leader of the Opposition (from February 1967 to December 1972); Prime Minister (from December 1972 to December 1975); and Leader of the Opposition (from December 1975 until his retirement from Parliament in 1978).

TAPE RECORDINGS OF PRESS CONFERENCES AND INTERVIEWS ON RADIO AND TELEVISION GIVEN BY MR WHITLAM (AND OTHER POLITICAL FIGURES) AS RECORDED BY MR WHITLAM'S STAFF, 1965–75
Sydney
The series consists of tape recordings (cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes) of press conferences and interviews on radio and television mainly given by Mr Whitlam. It also contains recordings of other political figures from the Labor, Liberal and National Country parties. All recordings were made by Mr Whitlam's Press Office staff. The recordings were arranged in two chronological sequences by the National Archives, one for cassettes and the other for reel-to-reel tapes.
Series: M162
Quantity: 22.14 metres
Recorded by: 1965–75 The Hon. Edward Gough Whitlam (CP 99)

The Hon. Michael Jerome Young, 1936–96

Michael Jerome Young (known as Mick Young) was a union organiser and Australian Labor Party Secretary in South Australia before becoming an adviser on Whitlam’s personal staff in 1973. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1974 and held ministerial and shadow ministerial positions before resigning in 1988. Mr Young died in 1996.

AUDIO AND VIDEOTAPES, 1983–
Sydney
This series consists of audio and videotapes of radio interviews, meetings, briefings and election campaign material.
Series: M2091
Quantity: 1.08 metres
Recorded by: 1983– The Hon. Michael Jerome Young (CP 367)

Australian Broadcasting Commission

In addition to personal records described above, considerable biographical material is included in the collections of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (after 1983, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation). For a description of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, see Chapter 3.

ACETATE RECORDINGS OF ABC AND BBC (LOCALLY PRODUCED) PROGRAMS, 1945–81
Sydney
This series is described in Chapter 2.
Series: C119
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1945–81 Australian Broadcasting Commission, Radio Archives (CA 251)
A personal portrait of the Rt Hon. R A Butler, MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer in Britain by foreign editor of The Observer, William Clark (1951); Howard Marshall, sports commentator, gives a personal portrait of English cricketer Len Hutton, 1954 C119, 24
ABC TRANSCRIPTION RECORDINGS, UNREGISTERED SERIES, 1950–
Sydney
This series is described in Chapter 2.
Series: C918
Quantity: 9 metres
Recorded by: 1950–83 Australian Broadcasting Commission (CA 251); 1983– Australian Broadcasting Corporation (CA 3589)
'Alf Conlon – A Man Unknown' – John Thompson and others, c1962 C918, PRX5263
RADIO ARCHIVES LIBRARY, TAPES – ORAL HISTORY RECORDINGS, 1962–80
Sydney
This series consists of tapes that are part of the oral history program run by the ABC Radio Archives. The recordings are arranged alphabetically by interviewee.
Series: SP1762/1
Quantity: 7.2 metres
Recorded by: 1962–80 Australian Broadcasting Commission (CA 251)
Ray Allsop, 1970 SP1762/1, 1/1
Professor William MacMahon Ball, 1969 SP1762/1, 40/1
Sir Robert Madgwick, 1970 SP1762/1, 169/3
ORAL HISTORY RECORDINGS, 1968–
Sydney
This series consists of recordings of oral history interviews made by the ABC's Radio Archives section, of ABC staff and ex-staff. Items are arranged alphabetically.
Series: C101
Quantity: 2.70 metres
Recorded by: 1968–83 Australian Broadcasting Commission (CA 251); 1983– Australian Broadcasting Corporation (CA 3589)
Chisholm Alec (one of three tapes), 1974 C101, 16/1
Bronhill, June (one of two tapes), 1975–76 C101, 9/1

Film Division, Australian News and Information Bureau

For a description of the Film Division see Chapter 3.

INTERVIEW AND ORAL HISTORY TAPES, ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1971–96
Sydney
This series consists of 7" tapes as well as digital audio tapes of recordings of various composers being interviewed by James McCarthy. The discussions cover topics relating to Film Australia's films, music and the scores with which the composers were involved, as well as oral histories. One tape in this consignment includes discussions between Geoffrey Collins, James McCarthy and Guy Petherbridge (employed by the Archives). This series was transferred to the Archives as part of the Film Australia Music Heritage Project.
Series: C4797
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1971–73 Film Division, Australian News and Information Bureau (CA 1670); 1973–75 Film Australia (CA 1669); 1993–96 Australian Archives, New South Wales (CA 1726)
Colin and Marissa Brumby – interview, 30 May 1971 C4797, NN
George Dreyfus – interview, 15 March 1971 C4797, NN

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